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8 Steps To Becoming a Grillmaster!

This Tuesday Tip is all about how to finally become the grillmaster you’ve always wanted to be! Follow these steps and make the best food you’ve ever made on the grill!

1. Start with a clean grill! 

Always start and finish your grilling sessions by cleaning the grate with a wire brush. It is best to clean the grill once it is already hot, so be patient and diligent and you will get those grill marks all BBQ Masters desires!

2. Oil the grill!

Once you’ve brought the grill to temperature and cleaned it, it is recommended that you oil the grill with Canola Oil. The best way to do this is to dip a paper towel in the oil and use tongs to wipe the paper towel on the grill. This will prevent the meat from sticking and make cleanup even easier.

3. Get the grill hot before you start grilling!

As you may have gathered from the previous two tips, a hot grill is crucial. Not only does it need to be hot before you clean and oil the grill, but it definitely needs to be hot before you put any food on the grill.

4. Season before you start grilling!

If you are using a marinade or a rub, make sure to give your meat enough time to get properly seasoned. Some marinades or rubs take as little as thirty minutes but often require an hour or more. Remember that it is best to grill your meat once it has been brought to room temperature and that seasonings such as salt and pepper can be added just a few minutes before grilling.

5. Flip just once!

It is impossible to properly gauge grilling time or to get those coveted grill marks if you are compulsively flipping the meat every 30 seconds. This will also help retain the juices and flavor!

6. Don’t poke your food!

When grilling, be sure to use a spatula or tongs! If you use a BBQ fork or any other sharp objects, you will let all the juices escape and you will be left with flavorless and dry meat. If you need to check the meat to see if it is done, make sure to use a very sharp knife and simply make a small slit.

7. Know when it’s done!

For steaks, chops and chicken, poke the meat with your finger: If it feels soft and squishy, it’s rare; yielding, medium-rare; only slightly yielding, medium; firm and springy, well-done. For large cuts of meat, use an instant-read meat thermometer (even barbecue pros use them). Just don’t let it touch any bones, or you’ll get a false reading.

8. Let it rest!

If you serve your meat right off the grill it will seem tough and dry, but if you give it time to reabsorb the juices that were released during cooking, you will get a tender and succulent piece of meat. It is recommended that you let meat rest for about 15 minutes.

Prolonging Your Refrigeration Equipment’s Life Through Preventative Maintenance

It’s Friday evening just before the dinner rush and you open your kitchen’s refrigerator. But instead of that welcoming, icy cool blast of air (that is usually so refreshing in contrast to the hot kitchen), you feel the luke-warm surprise of an under-performing refrigeration unit. Do you need a service call? A replacement? Could this have been prevented? In many cases, your unit may be just struggling to overcome the environment where it is located.

Regular Condenser Cleanings and Maintenance

You can lengthen the reign of your refrigerator with consistent preventive maintenance from the day you buy it. Your kitchen is a hot, damp, greasy and dusty environment that can negatively affect any piece of equipment. That is why it is important to regularly clean your unit’s condenser coils of dust and debris. Most manufacturer’s recommend a monthly check and cleaning that takes just minutes.

Cleaning Your True Condenser

Cleaning Illustrations from a True refrigerator manual

Manufacturers have made accessing the condenser relatively easy. In most cases, the front grill can be removed from your unit by turning a few screws or wing nuts. Here you will find the condenser which helps pull the heat out of your coolant and returns cooler air to the inside of your unit. If this bundle of fins, tubing and metal lattice is blocked, your refrigerator is being overworked when trying to maintain the proper temperatures. Use a heavy duty nylon wire brush to clear the fins in a top to bottom motion. Be careful not to poke or prod the tubing which can cause costly damage. Afterwards, you can use a shop vacuum to remove the smaller dust particles that remain. Usually, it is not necessary to use soap or water to clean this part. Your job is done when you can see through the condenser to the back of the unit.

Remember Your Fan Blades Too

While your maintenance access is open, check the fan motor and blades. Of course, you’ll want to make sure the refrigerator is unplugged to ensure they don’t start up during cleaning. Again, a soft brush or shop vac is useful here, although a soapy rag with warm water may be necessary if there is grease or other buildup on your blades. Just be careful to safeguard your motor and other electrical parts from the water.

Other Preventive and Cosmetic Maintenance

There are several other parts of your refrigerator that can use some consistent attention. First, many manufacturer’s units have easily removable door gaskets. These should be removed periodically and soaked in warm soapy water to remove debris that can block your door from completely closing or even contribute to food contamination. Position of food inside your refrigerator can also affect performance. When vents are blocked, or air is not permitted to flow properly around the edges of your unit – the performance is decreased. Refer to your unit’s instruction manual to learn the best configuration. Finally, is your refrigerator in view of your customer? Then you’ll want to help your exterior shine. Food grade stainless steel cleaner or mild hand soap with warm water is recommended. Never use abrasive cleaners or steel wool.

Central is Here to Help

Back to the Friday night scenario. You checked your airflow, condenser and gasket and there are still problems. Remember, your Central Restaurant product consultant can help you find a service option or even work to rush you an in-stock replacement from True or any of our other valued vendors. But remember, in many cases these issues can be prevented or prolonged with some simple ongoing maintenance steps. Steps that can reduce your energy costs and increase the longevity of your unit from the very day you buy it.

Cambro CamShelving Video

Cambro CamShelving is a necessity for any business in the foodservice industry.

The easy to clean, rust-free and durable shelving system maximizes your storage space. The removable shelves allow flexibility and adjustments as inventory alternates.

Watch this video to  learn how to easily put together a CamShelving unit in three minutes.

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